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Paperback, 101 pages
Published January 1st 1950 by Universal Library
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Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, poetry
"harder perhaps than a newengland bed"
- E.E. Cummings, 50 Poems, "20"


3-and-a-half times as
or perhaps maybe 4
high climbing ceiling
flatfooted verse floor.

Love's gordeon nots
untie impossible hands
Deaths anything aughts
under starslitteredsands.

50-poem poet shyly sings
life listens, love (too earlies
death) sons, father's 4-kings
teeth bite both boy&2girlies.
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
As a student at Harvard, Cummings was introduced to the works of avant garde poets and writers, such as Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound. He developed an interested that led to the development of his style, which ignored conventional grammar and syntax.

To begin with, the collection is dedicated...
 to m. m. 

Having the initials M. M., this satisfied me on a purely Narcissistic level.

The reader will immediately notice the poet's unconventional use of capitalization. Indeed, capitalizatio
Oct 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
Cummings’ experiments rarely seem to enhance any ideas, sentiments, effects.
Oct 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-bingo-2016
I love E.E. Cummings poetry when it strikes me or makes sense somehow, and feel a little dumb when it doesn't. The ratio on this particular collection is weighted toward the feeling dumb side, though there were a few that I loved for being the kind of Cummings poem I love (and two that seemed weirdly and eerily appropriate in this difficult election season—43 and 50).

My copy of this book cost someone $1.25 at some point. I have no memory of how I acquired it but I suspect it has to do with how
Jun 03, 2019 added it
I think it's really funny. Cummings poetry makes my boyfriend super frustrated.
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, 2012

!black against

ecco a latter starting "dearest we"

these people socalled were not given hearts

as freedom is a breakfastfood

my father moved through dooms of love

a peopleshaped toomany-ness far too

up into the silence the green

hate blows a bubble of despair into

enters give whose lost is his found

Sarah Clapp
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
When I read an e.e. Cummings poem that sticks with me, it really sticks at me in an incomprehensible way like--"yes!! ok!!!!"
I wasn't really finding that throughout the collection at first, but then a few just hit me.
Namely, my favorites were: 19, 25, 34 & 41. Good stuff! Also the book itself is just so cute and I bought it in a library book sale for 50 cents if that counts for anything.
Tünde Ecem Kutlu
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
what is a poetry this book makes you ask
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: classics, poetry
There were a few good poems here, but a few I just didn't have the time to mull over the way I like to with poetry. Some of the poems were just not anything I want to read about at this stage in my life, though no doubt in my late teens I'd have thought them daring. Overall I just didn't enjoy these poems by him with the exception of maybe 4 or 5 of them. I'd only read a handful of his poetry in the past so I wasn't quite prepared for some of the subject matters in this book.
Scott Whitney
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have always loved reading e e cummings work. This was a rare treat I was able to find at the thrift store. It was a little bawdy in places, but it was very good.
Michael P.
Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
Of the 50 poems in this collection, I love 5. There are another 3 or 4 that I liked up to the point that they stopped making sense. An additional 2 used spacing to control the reading pace in a way that compliments the subject, a great effect for poems I did not like. The rest came across as obscurity for the sake of obscurity. Feh.
Jun 13, 2011 marked it as to-read
As always, Cummings requires you to bring a lot of yourself to his work. Actually he PLAYS. You WORK to make sense of it all. Sometimes inspiring, sometimes infuriating, this collection contains both straight-forward, traditional verse and experimental.
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Simply, complexly, art. The words, sounds dance, do somersaults and generally invite you to play with them. Leap in, experience and return again.
Aug 14, 2015 added it
My best friend in H.S. came me this book. I read it all. I'm not saying I understood it all. But I read it all. (1971)
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry, m
Absolutely my least favorite of his books up to this point. There were maybe 5 of these poems that I even moderately enjoyed.
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Eccentric genius. My favorite kind. :)
Aug 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
my favorite collection of his poetry that i have read to date.

his style is the meaning of creativity, eh?
Michael X
Nov 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Another mind bending read from e.e.
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Edward Estlin Cummings was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on October 14, 1894. He began writing poems as early as 1904 and studied Latin and Greek at the Cambridge Latin High School.

He received his BA in 1915 and his MA in 1916, both from Harvard University. His studies there introduced him to the poetry of avant-garde writers, such as Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound.

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